Annie Fratellini

Annie Fratellini

Annie Violette Fratellini (14 November 1932 – 1 July 1997) was a French circus artist, singer, film actress and clown. She was born Annie Violette Fratellini on 14 November 1932, in Algiers, French Algeria, where her parents, who were circus performers, were touring. She was the fourth generation of one of Europe's most illustrious clown dynasties, the Fratellini Family, a French circus family of Italian descent. Her father was Victor Fratellini, a clown and acrobat; her mother, Suzanne (née Rousseau), was the daughter of Gaston Rousseau, the director of the Cirque de Paris, a huge circus building located Avenue de la Motte-Picquet in Paris that was active from 1906 to 1930. Her grandfather was Paul Fratellini, one of the Fratellini brothers, the legendary clown trio that was the Toast of Paris (and Europe) between the two world wars. Although she made her debut in the ring at age 13 at the famous Cirque Medrano in Paris, she eventually ran away from the circus when she was 18 years old, and begun a music-hall and recording career as a musician and singer. She also became a film actress, appearing notably in 1965 in La Métamorphose des cloportes a film directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre (1927–2007), whom she had married in 1954. They had one daughter, Valérie. In 1969, she starred in Pierre Étaix's Le grand amour. They fell in love and married that same year. Pierre Étaix (1928–2016), who had been a comedian and Jacques Tati's assistant before becoming a filmmaker himself, had a passion for the circus and clowns. Annie Fratellini had an inherited talent for comedy, and Pierre Étaix convinced her to take it seriously. Together, they created a classic European clown duo in which Étaix was the Clown to Fratllini's Auguste (the comic character of the duet). They made their debut on tour with the French Cirque Pinder. In 1975, Étaix and Fratellini opened the École Nationale du Cirque, one of Paris's (and Europe's) first two professional circus schools, and created the Nouveau Cirque de Paris, an intimate, high-end traveling circus that was the performing arm of the school, and in which they regularly performed their act. Pierre Étaix and Annie Fratellini divorced in 1987, and Annie continued to run the school and the circus, performing her clown act with her daughter, Valérie. The school has become the Académie Fratellini, one of France's two major state-sponsored circus schools. Annie Fratellini died from cancer on 1 July 1997, at Neuilly-sur-Seine and is buried at the Cimetière de Montmartre in Paris, France, near the other members of her illustrious family. Source: Article "Annie Fratellini" from Wikipedia in English, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

  • Title: Annie Fratellini
  • Popularity: 4.06
  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 1932-11-14
  • Place of Birth: Algiers, Algeria
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Annie Fratellini Movies

  • 1960
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    Zazie dans le Métro

    Zazie dans le Métro

    6.662 1960 HD

    A brash and precocious ten-year-old comes to Paris for a whirlwind weekend with her rakish uncle.

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  • 1970
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    The Clowns

    The Clowns

    7 1970 HD

    Fellini exposes his great attraction for the clowns and the world of the circus first recalling a childhood experience when the circus arrives nearby...

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  • 1961
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    All the Gold in the World

    All the Gold in the World

    6.2 1961 HD

    Businessman Victor Hardy wants to buy the entire area around the small village of Cabosse. He claims that he wants to return to nature, but he also...

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  • 1969
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    Le Grand Amour

    Le Grand Amour

    6.632 1969 HD

    Pierre married Florence, the only daughter of a small industrialist. 15 years later, he is the boss, but his middle-class life worries him a lot....

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  • 1957
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    Mam'zelle Souris

    Mam'zelle Souris

    9 1957 HD

    Based on Coq's press cartoons, this series of 16 sketches (2'30" each) is packed with gags and twists of all kinds. The series features the character...

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  • 1958
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    Miss Pigalle

    Miss Pigalle

    1 1958 HD

    A young woman has been run over by the car of Carlos, a brilliant embassy attaché. Feeling sorry for her, Carlos drives her to his place and...

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  • 1958
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    Et ta sœur...

    Et ta sœur...

    5.333 1958 HD

    Bastien du Boccage is a repeat offender: hasn't he been sent to jail no fewer than six times? But he is no ordinary criminal mind you. As a matter of...

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  • 1957
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    Rascel-Fifì

    Rascel-Fifì

    1 1957 HD

    Renato and Gedeon have just opened a nightclub in a disreputable area of New York, triggering the hostility of Gionata, a gang leader and owner of...

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  • 1965
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    Cloportes

    Cloportes

    6.2 1965 HD

    Three little criminals get a tip for a great coup with lots of money in it. Unfortunately they lack the starting funds to buy the required welding...

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  • 1990
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    Henry & June

    Henry & June

    6.1 1990 HD

    While traveling in Paris, author Henry Miller and his wife, June, meet Anais Nin, and sexual sparks fly as Nin starts an affair with the openly...

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  • 1990
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    Stars 90

    Stars 90

    6.2 1990 HD

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  • 1972
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    Le Grand Échiquier

    Le Grand Échiquier

    8 1972 HD

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  • 1975
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    Numéro un

    Numéro un

    6 1975 HD

    A French variety show.

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  • 1975
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    Système 2

    Système 2

    1 1975 HD

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  • 1975
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    Midi Première

    Midi Première

    10 1975 HD

    Midi Première is a French variety show presented by Danièle Gilbert, directed by Jacques Pierre and broadcast from January 6, 1975...

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  • 1956
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    Cinépanorama

    Cinépanorama

    8 1956 HD

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  • 1984
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    La Chance aux chansons

    La Chance aux chansons

    1 1984 HD

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